Hiram College

Hiram College’s Department of Education and Center for Science Education have partnered with the Windham Exempted Village School District, Warren City Schools, and Crestwood Local Schools to recruit teachers for a second year of Science in the Schoolyard.

This program will serve 25 PreK-5 teachers from the above-mentioned districts, as well as other districts in surrounding counties. The program, consisting of a two-week summer institute, one-week summer enrichment field test, and reflection, assessment and leadership Saturday workshops, will provide teachers professional development in science content knowledge. The program will host five returning teachers as lead teachers and two pre-service teacher candidates from Hiram College.

The Ohio Board of Regents announced this week that they will provide $99,061 for Science in the Schoolyard, a substantial portion of the total program cost of $133,403.

“Early childhood and elementary teachers are often left out of science professional development offered by colleges and universities when in fact, research supports the importance of this age in developing lifelong positive dispositions toward science and nature,” said Dr. Roxanne Sorrick, assistant professor of education at Hiram College. “We are excited that we will be able to impact and empower 25 more teachers this coming year.”

Jane Preston Rose, Dean of the Weekend College and Office of Graduate Studies, praised the Ohio Board of Regents for supporting the summer program. “Our summer courses for professional educators have attracted teachers from throughout Northeast Ohio to Hiram’s campus for intensive workshops across many disciplines. Science in the Schoolyard was among our most popular last year, thanks in part to support from the Board of Regents,” Rose said.

Interested teachers will be able to register online for Science in the Schoolyard or any of the other summer graduate courses when the 2008 schedule becomes available in the spring.